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My Story

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‘Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss’. 

Like many, I am no stranger to profound losses throughout my life. Aged just 16, my wonderful mother died, after a five-year battle with cancer. 


Paralysed by shock, I was unable to walk into the hospital room to say our last goodbyes. Instead, I fled.  


The pain and loss cast long shadows for decades.


Sadly, I received another devastating blow when I suffered complications while giving birth to my beautiful daughter.


Ongoing health problems left me unable to have more children and ultimately led to two divorces, plus the loss of my career within the emergency services. 


The impact was so profound that it led me to train as a therapist, specialising in Hypnotherapy and various other holistic therapies, as I was naturally drawn down this path to help others.


In another cruel twist of fate, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019, just two weeks after celebrating my 53rd birthday. I received my diagnosis at exactly the same age my mother was, at her time of death.


As part of my recovery from the death of my mother, I completed the 1.1 Grief Recovery Method Programme. 


“The Grief Recovery Method programme is an evidence-informed, practice-based programme that has been shown to effectively influence components of grief and grief recovery.” 


This had such a huge impact that I went on to qualify as a specialist myself. During the training, I was able to work on the loss of my health, alongside other devastating losses experienced throughout my life.


The life events I have faced, coupled with my experience and qualifications, have inspired me to work with others to help them overcome their own challenges. 


If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch today.

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